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    #21
    I thought the kid's life was in danger, and then the ostriches.
    Not funny.

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      #22
      Originally posted by spurgirl View Post
      . Ostriches can kill you by kicks, can't they?
      Yes. I think it was Waylon Jennings or Johnny Cash who was almost killed by one. They have very sharp talons and a "dew claw" kind of thing that can actually eviscerate you if you are in the wrong spot at the wrong time.
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        #23
        It's not an ostrich, it's a rhea.

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          #24
          and it is rheally funny
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            #25
            I can't believe so many of you have your knickers in a twist over this one.

            The pony, the donkey and the rhea were all out in the field together. We know that at least the donkey and the rhea live together since they were turned out together. The kid & pony probably live on the farm too. Pretty sure they are all used to each other. Not like dad hitched up the trailer and said "Hmmm, look at this field with the donkey and the giant bird in it. Think I'll let the tot go for a trot in there."

            Sometimes even animals that know each other act naughty. Having been menaced by the farm goat while riding my pony as a child nothing surprises me. Yes, the bird got kicked but it ran off fine. I've seen people have to kick farm geese away to keep from being attacked. Large birds are mean and somehow manage to come out unscathed.

            This kid has a great story to tell. I'm sure it will be trotted out at holiday dinners for years to come. It is stuff like this that the best memories are made of. If you bubble wrap your children they never learn to live.

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              #26
              Originally posted by skykingismybaby1 View Post
              and it is rheally funny
              Cute!

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                #27
                That was hilarious! I have been on a devil pony who went everywhere he wasn't supposed to with me on his back trying to get him to stop, thank god there weren't any big birds around.
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                  #28
                  Rhea explainsthe smaller size. I've seen ostrich up close...the ones I've seen were freaking huge! Couple feet taller than me it seemed. Although that's not hard to do since I'm on the short side.
                  Only other big birds I could remember were emu and cassowary. (and I probably killed that second bird's spelling) The cassowary is supposedly dangerous as hell though from what I've seen on TV. And looks prehistoric...I'm pretty sure I'd run like hell from one of those. Not afraid of birdd in general, but huge killer ones...erm, gonna run. Probably shriek a bunch and maybe even pee a little.
                  I've handled some nasty tempered critters...and the worst I've ever gotten my arse kicked was by a couple of swans. Seriously...they look all elegant and distinguished but they're really thugs with feathers. They make geese look like newly hatched chicks in the anger-management department. Do NOT ever bother a wild swan.
                  As for rheas, ostrich, emus or cassowary...dinosaur sized birds with attitude. I wouldn't go near them but I'm also not above laughing at a video of them.
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                    #29
                    I thought the video was funny until dad kicked the rhea! I know it looked like it ran off fine, but I hate when animals are punished for acting like animals when it could be avoided.


                    Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                    s. Seriously...they look all elegant and distinguished but they're really thugs with feathers.
                    THIS comment is far funnier than the video! Although that could be because I'm petrified of swans (geese and ducks too)
                    Last edited by Seriously_Hunter; Apr. 26, 2010, 08:41 AM.

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                      #30
                      I don't see what's wrong with that dad kicking the bird. The bird was doing what it was supposed to do, and the human doing what he was supposed to be doing. What is wrong with that? It is just a nature of thing. Don't you guys watch Discovery channel at all? The timid one get chased off (the kid) and the adult if he could, chase off the one offending his kid.

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                        #31
                        Ever bemused by the necessity of explaining some things - I'm creeped out when people laugh at other people or animals in fear, pain and/or physical distress. Maybe with the audio turned off the video was a different experience, but if you had the sound on, the kid was screaming, sobs clearly audible, and that was not funny at all.

                        Originally posted by Gloria View Post
                        I don't see what's wrong with that dad kicking the bird. The bird was doing what it was supposed to do, and the human doing what he was supposed to be doing.
                        Finally, someone takes that line of reasoning to its obvious conclusion.

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                          #32
                          I wonder if these things break down by who's a parent and who's not. Is it possible that the parents among us are more conscious of the child's fear and danger than the non-parents? But then on the other hand, we've all been kids.

                          I vote with the bleeding hearts on this one. Not funny! I don't like seeing kids in danger or hearing them cry in terror; and I don't like seeing animals kicked for normal animal behavior.
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                            #33
                            Originally posted by Nin View Post
                            I wonder if these things break down by who's a parent and who's not. Is it possible that the parents among us are more conscious of the child's fear and danger than the non-parents? But then on the other hand, we've all been kids.

                            I vote with the bleeding hearts on this one. Not funny! I don't like seeing kids in danger or hearing them cry in terror; and I don't like seeing animals kicked for normal animal behavior.



                            If the kid would have gotten up we would have not had a funny video.

                            And Dad did normal animal behavior: Bird attacks kid, kid gets protection from dad, no different than somebody getting too close to bear cubs

                            (and come on, we all know some people scream louder than the situation warrants!)

                            And i got to hand it to dad, I am not 100% sure I could have sprinted over to safe kid from bird

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                              #34
                              Originally posted by vacation1 View Post
                              Ever bemused by the necessity of explaining some things - I'm creeped out when people laugh at other people or animals in fear, pain and/or physical distress. Maybe with the audio turned off the video was a different experience, but if you had the sound on, the kid was screaming, sobs clearly audible, and that was not funny at all.



                              Finally, someone takes that line of reasoning to its obvious conclusion.
                              Good grief, some of you really need to learn how to lighten up. I guess nothing bad ever happened to some of you when you were growing up.....something that seemed so horrible at the time, now you laugh when you think back to it. I am glad that I don't take every thing I see/hear so damn serious/personal

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                                #35
                                Wow, I thought it was sad... not funny. Guess I'm too sensitive. I worked at a zoo and you didn't get near the ostriches! They were treated just like the other zoo animals you didn't get near and they could be downright MEAN. Shame on the dad for kicking an ostrich. Give the kid a place to ride where he/she won't be chased for pete's sake.

                                ETA: No idea what a rhea is though.. though it looked small for an ostrich!

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                                  #36
                                  I'm a parent. I laughed. Come take my kids away.

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                                    #37
                                    I generally don't approve of kicking any animal.

                                    Having said that, I used to ward off rooster attacks with my old tennis racket..... and I have a mean backhand.

                                    So I laughed hysterically at the video even though I realize the whole setup was stupid and dangerous blah blah blah.
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                                    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
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                                      #38
                                      Good grief people. Nobody died, nobody was injured. This will be a story that will be laughed about by these people for ages, especially since they caught it on video. I'm sure the kid is over it, as kids tend to do. Hopefully dad learned his lesson not to let the kid ride the pony with the Rhea around.

                                      I think some people are way too sensitive. Maybe it's an age/generation gap thing?
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                                        #39
                                        Originally posted by spurgirl View Post
                                        Wish the adult had been riding a horse, and the same scenario happened....Good Lord, what an idiot. Ostriches can kill you by kicks, can't they? Even the donkey was upset. Hope the kid is OK.

                                        That man deserves as many kicks in the *ss as he gave the ostrich. Don't know if 'Mr. Swift' is the child's parent, but if he is, it brings to mind what Judge Judy says..."It doesn't take any brains to make a baby"...That guy would be a classic example. Ugh!
                                        Not laughing here...

                                        An Ostrich can disembowel a human right quick. They are known for it -or so I learned when I was an Avian Science major WAY back when...They are extremely dangerous when angered. If I remember right, they go after anything that goes after their flock. Probably the ostrich "saw" the little boy "attacking" his pony friend -riding does look like a predator attacking prey and the ostrich went for him.

                                        Those were the screams of a terrified and hurting child. If it took kicks to get that bird off of him, fine -it could have saved that child's life. If I saw an ostrich going after a small child, just like if I saw a dog going after a small child, YES -I WOULD KICK IT OFF!!! I didn't see anger from that man, I saw a reasonable response to a huge threat. That child's life was in danger. We don't even know if the man was related or even the one who let the kid into the pasture, but he was the one who saved that child's life or from getting mutilated when he was attacked.

                                        That child isn't going to look back and laugh at that event. That child may not ride a horse or get near a large bird again -that was pure trauma and NOT funny.

                                        The dumb thing was allowing a small child into the pasture of wild animals -even when tamed, they can be unpredictable. If that man was responsible for that huge mistake, he hopefully learned his lesson! But that poor boy...screaming, terrified children -just hilarious (not).

                                        As for being too sensitive, when that chimp attacked that woman a couple of years back and mutilated her -did you all laugh too? Just cause this child didn't end up dead or mutilated does not make it funny to me.
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                                          #40
                                          A cruel joke is a cruel joke. Someone stupid enough to post that video, another jumps up and down to join the chorus with glee, others thought it was funny when a kid ws attacked by a bird but not funny when that same bird was attacked by the dad in defense.

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